Monthly Archives: August 2014

Adventure on the Neches

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Looking for something fun to do this summer, why not try a little boat excursion adventure. The Big Thicket Association runs tours for the public, field trips for schools and programs for anyone interested. They leave from Riverfront Park regularly.  Here is some information from their website…

NechesRiverAdventures.org

Enjoy a leisurely trip on the ecologically diverse Neches River. The Neches has been called “The Last Wild River” in east Texas. Our comfortable, open boat, the Ivory Bill, allows us to showcase this beautiful river with its unique ecosystem and dense bottomland forests of hardwoods and pine trees.

The Neches is home to more than 200 tree species, 47 mammals, 300 birds and many reptiles and amphibians. As you view nature at its best, we will relate to you the history of the river and its vast and diverse ecosystems.

Regular Weekly Tours: March through November

Charter cruises may be scheduled throughout the year.

Proceeds from public trips benefit the Big Thicket Association.

Boating Safety Courses and New Regulations

Boating Safety Courses and New Regulations

Texas Marine is once again sponsoring “Boater Safety Courses” for TPWD certification.
The guys from the Houston Sail and Power Squadron are teaching it. On the first Saturday of each month beginning in April and running through the end of November (except for the month of October) classes are planned for Texas Marine located at 1107 I-45S, Conroe, TX 77301.

USPS for Water TrainingIf you are under 18 you  must have the classe to get certified to ride a jet ski, drive a boat and more. The TPWD certification card is, for teens, to show law enforcement officials that the holder is legally entitled to be driving a boat. For adults you can obtain reduced boat insurance rates, rent a boat where proof of having attended an approved boating safety course is required and to boat in the waters of those states which require all boaters topowtmanual have passed an approved course. The TPWD card is valid as proof in all states, except Connecticut, and has no expiration.

Registration and payment in advance of the class is required. Deadline is the Thursday evening prior to the class. Please use the add to cart buttons to register and pay for your class and TPWD certification card (if one is desired) via PayPal at USPS Boater Safety Course. Planned class dates for your selection are listed in the drop down menu above the add to cart button.

Class starts at 8:30 a.m. with enrollment and lasts until approximately 4:00 p.m. The minimum age for taking the exam for state certification is 12. There will be a break for a late lunch. You can either bring your lunch or drive to a restaurant in the area. There is a restaurant near Home Port and several near Texas Marine.

Note that there is an excellent, optional book, which may be purchased for $33 before the class or after reviewing it during or after the class.

What? Print Your Own Lures???

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What? Print Your Own Lures???

The ability to print your own custom lures may be closer on the horizon than you think.

Many of you have probably heard of 3D printing, at least in passing, at some point in the recent past. However, you might not be clear on exactly what it is.

In its simplest terms, 3D printing or additive manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional items via a digital file. The 3D printer continually adds new layers of material to the item until the entire object has been created.

The digital files are created using computer assisted design (CAD) software similarly to how engineers design products and objects prior to any manufacturing process. It is also possible to use a 3D scanner to scan an object and create a digital file from the resulting image.

Once the object is completed on the computer, the software virtually slices the object into hundreds, or even thousands of pieces, depending on the object’s size. The 3D printer then reads each individual slice and creates the object from that information.

One example of a 3D printer below:

3Dprinter_1There are companies like PrintLure who will save anglers from all that trouble of purchasing a 3D printer. This company is based on 3D printing biodegradable, artificial lures that will sell for half the price of other top-of-the-line lures. Anglers will eventually be able to design their own lures online via the company’s website and have them printed, as well as share the designs with other anglers around the world.

As for still catching fish, there is no reason that any 3D printed lure will necessarily fail to catch fish. It is simply a new way to manufacture fishing lures and has no bearing on the performance of the lure.

The same tried and true designs and colors will still be made, only at a much lower cost to the consumer. At the same time, the cheaper and more efficient method of 3D printing lures could also lead to new innovations as more companies are willing to experiment with new lure designs.

The cost of fishing lures is nothing to be scoffed at by most anglers, and potentially losing a favorite fishing lure is also always a concern. The 3D printing of fishing lures will help to alleviate those problems. The price of lures will continue to decrease, as the quality increases, and it will eventually be possible to have a favorite lure saved on a computer or the internet for quick replacement in the event of a snag or other fishing mishap that leads to a lost lure.

The benefits to the environment and the waterways that biodegradable, 3D printed lures provide are also a welcome advantage to anglers.

The possibilities really are endless in the world of 3D printing and that is a good thing for anglers all over the world.

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Summer Fun In Full Swing At Texas Marine

Summer Fun In Full Swing At Texas Marine

Texas Marine Parts Dept carries watersport equipment. They have everything from 4+ man tubes for skiing to Hydroslides. They have all kinds of life preservers and life ring buoys for your swimming and boating safety. They carry some of the highest quality brands in the business. They also have plenty of various styles of boat seats to mount on your family boat.

Come by the Texas Marine Parts Dept. today and check out what they have to offer for all you marine activities.

Avalon Windjammer Pontoon Highlights

The Avalon Windjammer Pontoon is on the rise. This totally unique craft knows “NO” boundaries, as far as its worldwide appeal. Pontoons boats are becoming a regular staple at boat shows all over the world to generate more excitement from the crowds. They attract tons of attention and tend to be showstoppers for attendees. The double takes tell the story as they get caught up on what all these boats have to offer. Surprises abound in almost every nook and cranny on a pontoon. They are not just your grandparents’ cruisers any longer; everybody loves them.

Avalon Windjammer Pontoon Highlights

The Windjammer Elite tops the market for some of its great offerings, however. avalon-windjammer-elite-24-pontoon-boat-image-1-2014 (Small)Equipped with the saltwater package it cuts through choppy water with ease. The interior layout has a cutting edge design and features that do not accompany the typical pontoon. The exclusive Deco-inspired two-tone graphic designs, fiberglass driver’s helm, wood grain dash, plush seating, built-in LED dock lights and superior construction is some examples of that.

As pontoons continue to thrive on freshwater lakes, the oceans are beginning to feel their presence dominate their horizon also. Many will soon discover pontoons are a great all around vessel.

 

How To Sharpen Your Fish Hooks

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When was the last time you sharpened your fish hooks? Here’s How To Sharpen Your Fish Hooks.

For most anglers, the answer to that question is either “I can’t remember” or the probably more honest “never.” It simply is not something that many of us think to do. At least not until we lose a big fish. Then we tell ourselves that we will sharpen all our hooks as soon as we get home and well… we forget. Other things come up and before you know it you are back out on the water with the same dull hooks. Let’s change that and sharpen your fish hooks.

The first thing that you want to do is test the sharpness of your hooks to determine whether or not they require sharpening. You will probably come to find that the hooks from older lures are very dull while newer hooks tend to maintain their sharpness for longer periods of time. Modern chemical sharpening processes have greatly improved the life of hook points. However, they will still need to be sharpened eventually. To test your hooks, use caution and apply the point of the hook to the surface of your thumbnail. A sharp hook will stick to your nail with very little pressure whereas a dull hook will slide right off and offer very little resistance. There is no need to try and get the hook to leave a mark on your nail as some might suggest. With enough pressure, any hook is capable of that. The hook point testing method is much safer and is an overall better indicator of superior hook sharpness. Once you have determined which hooks you are going to sharpen, it is time to gather your supplies. Although there are plenty of commercial hook sharpeners on the market, there is no reason to make an extra purchase if you don’t already own one. A metal file or your knife sharpening stone are both perfectly capable of honing your hooks back to needle-point sharpness. Once you have your tools and lures in one place, you are ready to start working on your hook points. Work the file up towards the point of the hook from the bottom near the barb and repeat that process around the entire circumference of the hook. Continue to repeat the thumbnail test periodically as you sharpen. Once that hook sticks into your nail without a lot of pressure, it’s done. If you are using a knife sharpening stone, it will be easier to move the hook in the correct direction instead of the stone. Just make sure to work the hook in the correct direction. You want to be working from shank to point. This will ensure a sharp hook without a ton of effort. This process can be a little trickier on treble hooks. However, it will just take some extra patience. If you need some extra motivation to get you through the process, just think of all the fish you have lost in the past. It is also great practice to improve your patience for the next time you are waiting for a bite on your next fishing trip. One important thing to remember about the sharpening process is that you will be removing some of the protective finish that was originally on the hook. This can lead to rust developing faster than usual; especially if you are a saltwater angler. Just make it a habit to check your hooks a little more often and maintenance will be easy. A little protective oil never hurt a hook, and is a great idea especially for the lures that might hold a place of honor in your tackle box. So now that you know the process behind sharpening hooks, and just how easy it really is, I encourage you to go get your tackle box and get started. I mean right now. Don’t put it off a moment longer! It will only take an hour or two of your time and you will not regret it the next time a huge fish slams your lure and you are posing for a picture with another great catch. To read the entire article ………………Click Here

FISHING LINE RECOVERY PROGRAM

There is a great little program, in Texas, not many know about intended to help the wildlife and your boat motor. It’s called the fishing line recovery program and its a pretty ingeniously designed to fishing line disposabalget the public’s assistance for implementation. Sponsored by Sea Grant Texas, NOAA, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Sport Fish Restoration, Texas A&M it has no shortage of innovation but what it lacks is you! This program asks that the public become involved in various ways depending on your interests. There are six ways you can volunteer to make this endeavor by conservationists more successful. Below are a few suggestions.

      1. Sponsor a recovery recycling bin.
        Volunteers are asked to check their bins regularly and make sure old fishing line is not caught up on other debris. Also, when it is full to send the line to Pure Fishing, Berkley’s parent company, for recycling of the used line.
      2. Report tangled animals immediately.
        Animals, Fish and Birds can’t see discarded fishing line. It is easy for them to become entangled in it. Once they are tangled they will starve, drown or lose a limb. Report any sightings to Texas Parks and Wildlife website. For locating your county wildlife rehabilitator try www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/rehab/list and you should be able to find some assistance.
      3. Recover your line.
        When possible retrieve and properly dispose of any monofilament fishing line that you encounter, even if it’s entangled. A little time here could save a life.
      4. Volunteer.
        Participate in any beach or river cleanup sponsored events and focus in on any used fishing line especially. You may want to use the event to education others on this program and get them involved. Volunteer for agencies that are actively sponsoring cleanups. Sponsor an outdoor monofilament event.
      5. Be Line Conscious.
        Consider the age and strength of your fishing lines and store loose pieces. Even the short ends cut from leaders should be disposed of properly. Cut an “X” into the lid of a film or tennis ball canister to make it easy to poke the tiny pieces of line through and store this in a secure location. Make yourself a rule never to throw any kind of plastic into nature, especially fishing line. When you throw away fishing line cut it into piece of less than 12 inches to make it less hazardous.

entangled 16. Recycle.
Recycle all monofilament fishing line at your local tackle shop or in an outdoor PVC recycling bin posted at boat ramps and piers. If you see a tackle shop without a recycling bin encourage them to contact the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, (979)245-4100 or email J-Oconnell@tamu.edu for help.

Once you realize monofilament fishing line is not biodegradable and it will last up to 600 years in an aquatic environment you can’t help but take action. Fishing line disposed of in the trash or landfill will possibly still end up in the environment due to the wind or birds. So, please dispose of your fishing line responsibly and be a good outdoors steward.

Your Weekend on the Water

If you love being on the water there are some very simple things you can do to make your weekend on the water exponentially more efficient. If you have ever forgotten something, like sunscreen, you know how quickly what was meant to be a fun outing can become a nightmare. The best remedy for this is also the boy scout motto “Be Prepared.”

desBelow are some quick steps to facilitate a successful trip out on the water:

Create A Checklist
For a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants guy this can be a painful step. However, it will pay off in spades if you actually implement it. Luckily for the unorganized, there’s an “APP” for that. Actually, quite a few apps that will help reluctant outdoorsmen quickly maneuver through this most important step. The one that seems to get the job done best is 2doapp.com because it allows you to organize your many lists and store them. In other words, once you fine-tune a successful list for your boating trips you can store it for use over and over. Create checklists for all kinds of outdoor activities, and then store them. Tweak the list as you get out on the water and realize how nice it would be to have some particular item next time

  • Before You Go
    Preparing ahead of times takes all the stress off the day of the trip. If your going boating, pack it up a day in advance. You can always keep it stocked with things like sunscreen, clean towels, extra clothes, recreational equipment and even bottled water making your prep time much more efficient.
  • Plan The Trip
    Consider actually being at the location of your destination. Imagine what it is you may want or need during that time. Walk it out in your mind ahead of time. While doing so you may consider the weather, temperature, type of ground you will on the most and other facets of the trip. Then you can prepare accordingly with the proper shoes, weather gear and more. This is when you want to take into account where to stop for gas, bathroom breaks, bait, air pumps for equipment and any food stops you will be making. This is also where you need to make sure everything you have is in working order. Remember if you forget something you will have to buy it at the final destination. There it will likely cost ten times more than it is worth.
  • Heading Out
    Right before heading out the driveway, especially if you have kids, take a final walk around the house. Throw anything you might remotely need for the trip into a beach bag. Things like hair clips, sunburn lotion, sunglasses, extra socks or whatever else seems important. Then as your driving up you can skim through it and leave what you don’t need in the car. It will be there for you when you get out of the water, just in case. The rest take with you. Your weekend on the water is now fully planned and executed. So relax and just have a great time.

Chaparral 307 SSX Highlights

307_MAIN-3From its sweet lines to its innovative features the Chaparral 307SSX has boat of the year written all over it! This one comes fully loaded! You don’t need many options with this magnificently designed boat. Most of the amenities on the Chaparral 307 SSX are already added in as standard features. Just one example of this is the boats standard stainless steel windshield makes the boat look like a million bucks. Other amazing standard features are the Kevlar keel (for puncture resistance), solid surface headVacuFlush head, solid surface vanity, electric trim tabs and electric engine hatch just to name a few. Chaparral thought of everything with designing the 307 SSX including its unmatched storage space. Storage can be found in every nook and cranny with this boat. As you marvel at the dash on this boat consider the possibilities of it’s versatile seating design that is highlighted by a dual-wide captain’s chair.

SSX_307_WetBar Blog PicJust to top it off Chaparral added a sound system that rocks the dock and invites you to customize it til your heart’s content. The ice-chest storage in the picture can be converted into an actual refrigerator. Here is a great Chaparral 307 SSX Highlights video to watch……………Chaparral 307 SSX Video